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Video-tracking to monitor the effect of influenza infection on the activity level of ferrets

Posted by Guest blogger on Apr 10, 2015

A guest blogpost by Ding Yuan Oh, PhD

Conventional ferret activity measurements by human observation

Ferrets are the ideal animal model to assess influenza virus infection and pathogenicity as they display similar clinical symptoms to humans such as sneezing, fever and lethargy. Conventionally, lethargy or ferret activity is determined manually by an observer. However, this method is prone to bias and requires trained personnel to recognise subtle changes in individual ferret activity.

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Topics: EthoVision XT, Video tracking, activity monitoring, ferrets

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